Simon Philips

Simon Philips, managing partner, is an experienced entrepreneur in the software and outsourcing sectors, and has considerable expertise in both deal structuring and operational management. Simon established Root Capital in 2003 and is currently Chairman of Keystone Law, Drum Cussac, Big Clever Learning and Beam Clinic. Simon graduated from Cambridge University with a first class honours in Engineering Telephone: 020 3873 1324 Email:

Frank Hyman

Frank Hyman is an experienced managing director and change manager with over ten years working in senior general management, sales and finance roles with Autocue Group Ltd and Electrocomponents Plc. Root Capital acquired Autocue in 2005 and Frank’s leadership since 2006 has yielded a successful turnaround and a return to growing revenues and significant profits. Frank graduated from Oxford University with a 2:1 in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Telephone: 020 3873 1322 Mobile: 07966 369 642 Email:

Michael Allen

Michael Allen is a Chartered Accountant with over six years' experience. He joined from PwC's Corporate Finance team. Whilst at PwC Michael focused on service businesses, within technology, media and telecoms, business services and education sectors. He led the sale of Knowledgepool to Capita plc on behalf of Root Capital in May 2013. Michael graduated from King’s College with a first class honours degree in Business Management. Telephone: 020 3873 1323 Mobile: 07702 755 045 Email:


Associate Network

Root Capital has an extensive associate network of experienced and talented interim managers to support pre and post-transaction activities.
Chris Hall

Chris Hall is our Group CTO and works with our portfolio businesses to ensure they take full advantage of the latest technology. Chris brings extensive experience in senior management roles in both corporate and start up environments in a wide range of sectors including financial services, telecoms, travel and energy. Most recently Chris spent six years at Bloomberg leading teams developing web products and operational systems. Chris graduated from York University with a Master of Engineering in Computer Systems and Software Design. Tel: 020 3873 1326 Email:

Karen Steadman

Karen Steadman joined Root Capital in August 2015 as Marketing Executive and Charity Administrator. Karen has over 10 years media experience working in Marketing, Branding and Event Management. Karen's responsibilities include supporting the Chairman with all private investment activities alongside managing marketing communication and database on behalf of Nyumbani UK and the Hotcourses Foundation. Mobile: 07949 347 267 Email: